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Michael Johnson is a four-time Olympic track and field gold medalist, nine-time World Champion and world record holder. During his 11-year career, Michael established a record of 13 Olympic and World Championship medals, all of them gold. Michael represented the USA in the Olympics on three occasions: Barcelona in 1992, winning gold in the 4 x 400-meter relay; Atlanta in 1996, winning gold at 200 meters and 400 meters; and Sydney in 2000, winning gold again at 400 meters.
During his career, Michael broke world records in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4 x 400-meter relay. He became known as the "Fastest Man in the World" in 1996, when completing the historic 200/400- meter olympic double. He recorded the fastest time ever clocked by a human, running 23 mph en route to his 200-meter world record performance of 19.32 seconds. Michael added the 400-meter world record in 1999, clocking 43.18 seconds.
After his retirement in 2001, Michael opened Michael Johnson Performance with a mission to help athletes of all ages and all sports reach their full potential, using the same training philosophy and training techniques he used as an athlete.
Michael brings extraordinary experience and unique knowledge to Michael Johnson Performance, and he also has a passion for helping athletes. Renowned during his athletic career for his incredible focus and work ethic, Michael credits this—along with the support of his longtime coach Clyde Hart, his strength coach and his medical staff—for his success. He brings that same focus and hard work to his role as president and founder of Michael Johnson Performance. With a goal of enabling all athletes to have the same opportunity he had, he works to develop each person into the absolute best athlete they can be.
Since his retirement from being an athlete, Michael has also gone on to establish himself as a leading corporate motivational speaker, and has achieved success as a television commentator and personality, working primarily for BBC in England. Michael received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Baylor University.